Transportation: Ride for Free on POW Day
Based on 50 years of snowfall data, January 13 is statistically the snowiest day in Utah. This year, Protect Our Winters (POW), a national organization dedicated to raising awareness about the impact of climate change on snowfall, will host a day of free public transit and other events in Little Cottonwood Canyon at Alta Ski Area and Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort.
UTA is offering free bus rides to and from Alta/Snowbird all day and those who carpool and travel up the canyon with four or more riders will receive preferential parking at each resort.
Additionally, POW’s ski and board athlete spokespeople will be on hand at both resorts base areas handing out hats and other swag to the first 500 skiers and boarders who take the POW Day challenge and bus or carpool to Alta/Snowbird on Jan. 13. Find out more details here.“POW Day is a chance for people to try the existing bus system for free or try to carpool and get a reward. But we need long-term transportation solutions that create incentives for using improved public transit while discouraging single-driver vehicles, especially in the Cottonwoods.” —Laynee Jones, Mountain Accord Program Director Mountain Accord is working to develop four-season public transit in Parleys, Little and Big Cottonwood and to find ways to increase carpooling and ride sharing in the Central Wasatch Range.
“POW Day is a chance for people to try the existing bus system for free or try to carpool and get a reward,” said Mountain Accord Program Director Laynee Jones. “But we need long-term transportation solutions that create incentives for using improved public transit while discouraging single-driver vehicles, especially in the Cottonwoods. Each year these beloved canyons become more and more crowded with single-driver cars that diminish the experience for everyone. ”
Mountain Accord is making critical decisions and implementing solutions to preserve the Central Wasatch Range and ensure its long-term vitality. The future promises more traffic congestion and the continued exclusive reliance on private automobiles to access the Central Wasatch is a grave threat. Transit that serves all populations, in all seasons is a goal of Mountain Accord. Building a sustainable transit network that connects to existing transit on both the Wasatch Front and Back is essential as is reducing the ease of private car use, through carpool incentives, fees, paid parking at resorts and other solutions.